Motorcyclist Deaths Increase

Motorcyclist Deaths Increase

By September, this year?s 47 Minnesota motorcyclist deaths had already surpassed the total number of motorcycle deaths in 2011.

Department of Public Safety officials blame the rise on an early start to the riding season in 2012 and a record number of riders.? The leading crash factors each year are:? rider error, alcohol use, and motorist failure to yield.? Deer-motorcycle crashes are also a hazard.

The Department of Public Safety offers these safety tips for motorists and riders to ensure a safe riding environment:

Motorists:

  • watch for motorcycles
  • give riders plenty of room
  • check blind spots
  • pay attention
  • drive at safe speeds

Riders:

  • wear protective gear
  • pay attention
  • ride at safe speeds
  • ride sober
  • take safety training courses

At Kauffman Law Firm, we have been working for injured persons and their families?including victims of motorcycle crashes?for over 30 years.? We bring passion, preparation, and personal service to provide legal services above and beyond expectations.

For more information, see ?Motorcyclist Deaths Continue to Spike in 2012? News Release, Minnesota Department of Public Safety (2012, September 20).? Retrieved from www.dps.mn.gov.

See Walsh, P., ?Minnesota motorcycle fatalities mount? Star Tribune (2012, September 20, 2012).? Retrieved from www.startribune.com.

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